Workers' Liberty Australia

Submitted by Janet on Mon, 04/04/2016 - 00:00

A page for and about Workers' Liberty supporters in Australia.

WL Australia news

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 70 (Spring 2018) includes:

•     The right to strike and Changing the Rules
•     Morrison and Dutton: jackals of the ruling class
•    What will it take to "Change the Rules”?
•    Living Wage for working women 
•    RAFFWU Woolworths activist interview 
•    Student workers getting organised
•    Bank exposure opportunity for a bolder labour movement: Financial services Royal Commission and FSU 
•    Why Study Das Kapital
•    Book Reviews: The Internationalists; Rosa Luxemburg works
•    Victorian Socialists – launch and candidate interviews


Vote Victorian Socialists!

A campaign to get a socialist in parliament for North-West Melbourne in November 2018.

Bank exposure an opportunity for a bolder labour movement

Democratic control by workers and consumers of financial services could put an end to the various exploitative practices, legal or not, of the banks.

Queensland MUA conference: injecting class politics

Report of the ‘Get Wise, Organise!’ Queensland MUA branch biennial conference

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 69 (Summer 2017/2018)

Workers Liberty newsletter No. 68 August/September 2017

All issues of newsletter 

What we stand for

• Independent working-class representation in politics.

• A workers’ government, based on and accountable to the labour movement.

• A workers’ charter of trade union rights — to organise, to strike, to picket effectively, and to take solidarity action.

• Public ownership of essential industries, and taxation of the rich to fund renewable energy and environmental protection, decent public services, homes, education and jobs for all.

• A workers’ movement that fights all forms of oppression. Full equality for women, and social provision to free women from domestic labour. For reproductive justice: free abortion on demand; the right to choose when and whether to have children. Full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Indigenous control of indigenous affairs. Working class unity against racism.

• Free refugees, let them stay, right for workers to remain in Australia without insecurity of short term visas.

• Global solidarity against global capital — workers everywhere have more in common with each other than with their capitalist or Stalinist rulers.

• Democracy at every level of society, in trade unions, and from the smallest workplace or community to global social organisation.

• Equal rights for all nations, against imperialists and predators big and small.

• Maximum left unity in action, and openness in debate.


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Surprise victory for the right in Australia

Submitted by martin on Tue, 21/05/2019 - 13:56
Labor supporters after the results

The ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in Australia's federal election on 18 May.

People are asking: how could Labor lose on a platform with a bigger offer of reforms than any other in recent times?

Labor promised to turn government policy towards meeting some of the concerns of trade unions on workers rights, of climate activists on the need to reduce carbon emissions, and of the left more broadly on inequality.

But the underlying theme of class was not addressed by anyone other than the three Victorian Socialists candidates.

Making campaign wider?

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 12:59

Extinction Rebellion, after eleven days of ambitious, disruptive, relatively widespread, and extensively covered actions in their “International Rebellion”, (15-25 April), have moved into a “regenerative, resting phase". They have been celebrating wins so far: media coverage, politicians seeming receptive, changes in public narratives towards recognising the gravity of the situation; reportedly huge expansions of local XR branches.

Victorian Socialists election campaign May 2019

Submitted by martin on Tue, 30/04/2019 - 16:47
Victorian Socialists

After an impressive campaign in the 2018 Victorian State Election, the Victorian Socialists are running in the same region of Melbourne in the Australian federal election of 18 May 2019.

The election platform ( has a generally OK grab bag of demands, essentially left reformist, but including traditional socialist demands for nationalisation, with variations of calls for community, workers' or democratic control.

Students go for system change, not climate change

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 20/03/2019 - 11:09
student strike

The best guess is that one and half million students, in over 120 countries, struck on Friday 15 March to demand that their governments start emergency action on climate change.

In London, the central rally of school students in Parliament Square was 4,000 or more. Everyone we talked with said there was no ongoing organisation in their school for the walkout. They’d found out about it on social media and come with their friends.

There were also sizeable groups of university students at Parliament Square.

Socialist coalition sets plans to continue

Submitted by martin on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 20:11
Victorian Socialists

Around 220 of the 1700 members of "Victorian Socialists" attended a conference to found an ongoing organisation on 16 February at the Maritime Union of Australia hall in Melbourne.

The "Victorian Socialists" coalition was formed to run candidates in the recent Victorian state election. It did quite well. The central campaign supporting Steve Jolly for the Victorian multi-member upper house Northern Metropolitan seat gained over 4% first preference votes.

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